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IN the gospel, there is a part where Christ cast out demons from a possessed man but some leading Jews accused him of casting out demons from the prince of demons, a clear contradiction of his own reasoning. (cfr. Mt 9,32-38)
On this occasion, Christ wasted no time in defending himself. Instead, he went around all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing all diseases and ailments.
This should also be our reaction when we encounter some contradictions in our efforts to do good. We just have to keep doing more good. Let those who misunderstand us bring their own misunderstandings. Of course, if we have time, we can make a gentle and helpful explanation or correction. But we should not forget the most important thing we have to do.
In the same gospel, it is said that when Christ saw the great crowd that should be given attention, he had compassion because he saw them as if they were disturbed and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.
When he asked his disciples to “ask the owner of the harvest to send laborers for his harvest,” because as he said, “the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.”
In fact, this is always the case in our earthly life. This is a huge and ongoing challenge. There are endless people to reach to bring Christ to them, and those who must do that very important work are always few and limited.
We just need to realize that each of us, if we are always true to our Christian identity, is called to fulfill this task. Therefore, we must be well aware that we all have a true vocation, because everyone is called to share in Christ’s mission to save all people.
We should all be concerned about this matter. We need to develop a sense of vocation, for the simple reason that everyone has a vocation. We are from God and we belong to him. He always calls us to himself and offers us a way to get to him.
The way to go to him, which is different for each of us because of the different situations in life and the specific plan of God for us, is the vocation that God has given us. So we should try to discover that vocation as early as possible and match it as fully as possible.
In fact, no one came into existence by accident or by pure chance and divine whim. God did not create us by chance. Even a person who is considered unwanted by his parents or conceived through rape is already a person planned and loved by God from eternity. This is a fundamental truth about ourselves that we should never ignore.
Therefore, we should try to develop this sense of vocation as early as possible. And this may mean early as a child, has begun to realize what and who he is. It usually starts in the family, with parents playing a major role in this activity because they are our first teachers on earth.
Parents should be quick to sow the seeds of this sense of vocation by letting the child know that he is not from them but from God. And that he also belongs to God. This basic truth must be constantly reinforced throughout the process of raising and educating the child.
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